With less than a month left to one of the most exciting days of the year, yes the opening of the transfer window, I thought I would look at Stoke City’s current squad and give my opinions where we need to strengthen. This time the fullbacks:
First Choice: Glen Johnson and Erik Pieters
Reserves: Phil Bardsley
Any Others in or around the first team squad?
Whilst not their natural positions both Marc Muniesa and Geoff Cameron can fill in when required.
What about ones for the future?
Lewis Banks, Joel Taylor
Do we need to bring anyone in?
With the recent flirtation with a back three the traditional full back position is not one where Stoke have to be immediately invest in, we could always return to playing three at the back which players like Mame become potential wing backs. Having said that we are short of cover at left back and if a suitable player becomes available Stoke may try to bring in as back up to Pieters.
Do we need to let anyone go?
When Johnson got injured earlier in the season it showed how this we are at full back, with full back not the best positions of the two players most likely to deputise for Bardsley or Pieters if they were unavailable.
Have we been linked with anyone?
Any other business?
Before, and even after, his injury Johnson has been linked with Barcelona, yep Barcelona, but with Bardsley now injured I suspect Hughes would do his best to ensure the player stayed at the Bet365. If Hughes continues to persist with playing three at the back then someone like Bardlsey may find himself surplus to requirements once he returns from injury.